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Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The Overcoat (Il Cappotto)


(out of 5)

Adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s eternal short story adds elements of Italian-style comedy to a tragic narrative.   stars as an underpaid civil servant who embarrasses his colleagues by coming to work always dressed in a shabby overcoat riddled with holes. When he finally decides to spend his savings and have a brand new coat made, he achieves, for a few moments, the realization of all his dreams: a stronger standing in the office, respect from his peers and even attention from the woman of his dreams. This being a Russian story, however, things are not meant to go well for too long. Alberto Lattuada’s additions to Gogol’s originally brief narrative make for a strange combination of elements, but Rascel’s performance in the lead is comedy genius and overrides the unevenness of the venture.

Faro Film, Titanus

Italy, 1952

Directed by 

Adaptation and Screenplay by Alberto Lattuada, , , , , , , based on the story by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by 

Film Editing by

Cannes Film Festival 1952

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